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Visits from international professionals

ATTENTION! Due to coronavirus we are cancelling visits until further notice.

Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional city in the world. In pursuing this objective, we seek to create the best possible conditions for the urban life of our residents and visitors. Our strategic intent is always to do things a little bit better, in order to make life in Helsinki easier and more pleasant. We strive to improve our municipal operations every single day.

Thank you for being interested in Helsinki – the city where everything works!

Helsinki City Executive Office welcomes international groups of professional visitors for short visits to learn about its activities. Each visit includes a one to two-hour presentation on a pre-determined topic. We aim to share best practices, exchange experiences and strengthen networks with our international counterparts.

The presentations are held in Finnish or English. If necessary, the visiting groups are responsible for organizing interpretation services. Groups must also organize their own accommodation, meals and transportation. We recommend using the city’s convenient public transport system.

Visits can be arranged every weekday from 9 am to 4 pm, and the presentations take place in venues located in the Helsinki city centre. Please note that Helsinki does not send written invitations by post and cannot book hotel rooms on behalf of visiting groups.

The City of Helsinki can only receive visitors when municipal worker schedules allow for it. We do not arrange visits during public holidays or in the month of July, when most of Finland is on a summer break.

Due to great interest in our city, we are only able to arrange visits for specialists and professionals that have a specific, targeted interest in the City of Helsinki. We prioritize visits that support either the City of Helsinki’s strategy and/or our focus areas for international engagement. Learn more by reading the following material:

Helsinki City Strategy 2017–2021
City of Helsinki’s focus areas for international engagement

General conditions for group visits:

  • You must have a specific, targeted interest in the City of Helsinki
  • You are representative of a city, a region or a related public administration
  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 30 persons

Popular topics presented by the City Executive Office:

  • The City of Helsinki’s Strategy and Economy
  • Helsinki’s Municipal Administration
  • The work of the Helsinki City Council
  • The Participation and Interaction Model

Contact us by sending a visit request form

To schedule your visit, please fill in a visit request form at least one month prior to your arrival. We will contact you after receiving the request.

If you submit a visit request for a high-level guest, or your request includes topics that extend to more than one municipal division, please contact the City Executive Office’s PR and Protocol unit at edustus(at)hel.fi.

If you are interested in visiting the Urban Environment Division, please refer to: https://www.hel.fi/kaupunkiymparisto/en/organisation-and-presentation-of-the-division/Visits/

If you are interested in visiting the Social Services and Health Care Division, please refer to: https://www.hel.fi/sote/en/feedback/professional-visits

And if you are interested in visiting the Education Division, please refer to: https://www.hel.fi/kasvatuksen-ja-koulutuksen-toimiala/en/feedback/contacts

Other helpful links:

MyHelsinki
If you need help with planning your trip and programme, please contact MyHelsinki’s list of featured destination management companies (DMC).
Guided Smart City tours
Tours of Helsinki’s award-winning Central Library Oodi